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Marty Krystall

Born in 1951 and raised in Los Angeles, Marty's early interest in music was prompted at age 5 by chasing his baby brother in circles under a grand piano as their father played Chopin, Beethoven and Scriabin. His father also installed a remote loudspeaker in his bedroom so he could sleep with the classics, as well as music by Stravinsky, Shoenberg, Webern and other modernists. His first instrument was the clarinet, followed by saxophone in high school, and later flute and oboe. First jobs were in community opera orchestras and symphonies while still in grade school, but by this time Krystall also developed an interest in popular music and learned to transpose piano music on the Bb clarinet during lunch hour with piano players sight-reading pop, rock and jazz in the school auditorium. When he entered Venice High he joined their stage band on tenor and studied privately with Hollywood studio musicians Bill Green, Gary Gray and John Neufeld.

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”Marty Krystall is one of the most passionate, powerfully swinging, and just plain unselfconsciously original players in all of jazz.” - Nat Hentoff

“I always thought of John Gilmore as having been the best of the lesser known tenor players in jazz - until I heard Marty Krystall.” - Bob Levin

Primary Instrument

Sax, tenor


Los Angeles, CA

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.


Founded the jazz department at CalArts in 1973, and led the Jazz Ensemble there from 1973-1976. Founded the Aspen Music Festival jazz studies dept. in 1972. Led the Saxophone Workshop at Rotterdam Conservatory. First jazz instructor at Mount Saint Marys College (Los Feliz) 1971. By appointment; $100 per lesson (1 hour minimum)

Clinic/Workshop Information

Founded the jazz department at CalArts in 1973, and led the Jazz Ensemble there from 1973-1976. Founded the Aspen Music Festival jazz studies dept

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